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August 10, 2012 8:49:50 PM

I have a person that I am doing a build for and they have an I5 2500k that they want overclocked. The problem is it might be a close fit with a hyper 212 so instead I was looking at the TX3. It's made by Coolermaster and looks pretty similar to a hyper 212 but with a smaller fan. My question is how good is the Tx3 at cooling an overclocked processor? Can it perform as good as a Hyper 212 Plus or Evo?

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a c 283 à CPUs
August 10, 2012 9:08:51 PM

It's not as good as the 212+ or Evo, but it's ok.

This would be better for a low(er) profile cooler, though (if he doesn't mind spending the extra cash for it). COOLER MASTER GeminII S524 120mm Long Life Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge $39.99 ($29.99 after MIR)
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August 11, 2012 1:38:41 PM

A better question is how far does he want to overclock because i can tell you right now neither of those can hang with anything over 4.5GHZ at least they couldn't when i try them.
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August 11, 2012 2:03:17 PM

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@ only +3C hotter they can handle clocks up to 4.2-4.3GHz if you have it done just right thermal paste included.
both units idle @ 29-33C.
I have not pushed any clock past 4.3GHz with the TX3 so more than that I would only be guessing.

but look...
it's certainly not the greatest..
but @ $20 it can't be beat..
I have been OC for years so of course i did it right and i would agree with what your saying it will handle 4.4GHZ that was is limit for me anyway for $20 it can't be beat ;) 
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August 11, 2012 3:08:48 PM

bigcyco1 said:
A better question is how far does he want to overclock because i can tell you right now neither of those can hang with anything over 4.5GHZ at least they couldn't when i try them.


If I can get it into the low 4.1 or 4.2 range for him that would be fine. I really don't like that Gemini one and would probably go with the TX3 if it is only a ~3 degree difference.
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August 11, 2012 3:39:57 PM

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I was not referring to you getting the thermal paste wrong or not.
it was a general comment.
heck, I didn't know you owned a TX3 before..

cheers.
Oh my bad it's all good yeah actually i use to work for a lttle mom and pop type pc store where they had me test allot of aftermarket cpu coolers! ;) 
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August 11, 2012 3:41:49 PM

rds1220 said:
If I can get it into the low 4.1 or 4.2 range for him that would be fine. I really don't like that Gemini one and would probably go with the TX3 if it is only a ~3 degree difference.
Well there no way to say for sure but i have got the i5-2500k to that with the TX3 :) 
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August 11, 2012 4:41:16 PM

I actually DO like the GeminII, but that's mostly based on looks and personal preference only. To each their own, I suppose. In reality, it probably isn't worth the extra cost over the TX3.
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August 11, 2012 4:57:49 PM

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you did right with the Hyper Evo..


I definitely agree with you there. I couldn't be happier with it for what it cost.
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August 11, 2012 7:46:25 PM

Best answer selected by rds1220.
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